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Semyonovich Kuznetsov

Russia • Saint Petersburg • 1936−2015
An artist-restorer of the highest qualification, an architect-restorer of the II category. Honored Artist of the Russian Federation.
Born on April 14, 1936 in the village. Durovka, Blagoveshchensk District, Altai Territory. Graduated from the Moscow Higher School of Industrial Art (1969). Works in the field of restoration of monumental and easel painting since 1958. Artist-restorer of ancient monumental and easel painting. Anatoly Semenovich has devoted 50 years of creative activity to the preservation and restoration of the cultural heritage of our homeland and objects abroad, is the author of several new technologies for the restoration of frescoes. A.S. Kuznetsov - artist-restorer of the highest qualification, winner of the "Restoration -96" competition, winner of the VDNKh Gold Medal (1986), author of a number of inventions, including unique methods of preserving and restoring monumental painting. Through the efforts of A.S. Kuznetsov, unique frescoes of the churches of Veliky Novgorod have been preserved for subsequent generations: St. Sophia Cathedral, the Church of the Transfiguration of the Savior on Ilyin, the Church of St. Nicholas on Lipna, the Church of the Annunciation in Skete, Nikolsky Cathedral on the Yaroslav's Court, etc. The artist took part in the restoration work of the estate of M.K. Tenisheva, the church in Nuzal (North Ossetia), the Russian Orthodox Church of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker in Sofia, the Church of St. George the Victorious in Beirut. The Moscow period of A.S. Kuznetsov was marked by significant restoration work in the State Museum of Ceramics and the "Kuskovo Estate of the 18th century", the cathedrals of the Moscow Kremlin, Novodevichy, Sretensky, Donskoy monasteries. A.S. Kuznetsov received the blessing to become a member of the coordination group of specialists in the artistic decoration of the Cathedral of Christ the Savior and was awarded the Order of Sergius of Radonezh for the reconstruction of the painting of this Temple. A.S. Kuznetsov is working on the restoration of the frescoes of the Novospassky monastery in Moscow. His work in various parts of the country and the world - in Bulgaria, Abkhazia, North Ossetia, Lebanon, earned him respect and recognition. Anatoly Semenovich worked a lot in Veliky Novgorod, where he was especially proud of the restoration of the paintings of Theophanes the Greek in the Church of the Transfiguration of the Savior on Ilyin Street. Particularly noteworthy is the painting recreated by Anatoly Semyonovich of the burned panels by the artist Bogaevsky in the reception house of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
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